Interactive and educational dialogue boasting of a roster of food experts, mouth-watering cultural and heritage street food, amazing cooking demos, as well as friendly and good-natured people—all these and more made the recently concluded World Street Food Congress 2017 (WSFC17) a huge success.
Even before its official opening, local and international hawkers, food aficionados, families and individuals were already lining up to taste over 40 of the world’s best street food from across 13 countries. Organized by KF Seetoh of Makansutra and presented by the Tourism Promotions Board (TPB), the five-day event was a celebration of global cultural and heritage street food.
The event started with the World Street Food Dialogue, where industry experts converged, shared developments and explored opportunities in heritage and street food culture. They also showcased their skills in an amazing series of food demonstrations.
The dishes served during the food demos were sisig paella by Chef Sau Del Rosario, proud owner of the popular modern Kapampangan café—Café Fleur and 25 Seeds, and WSFC17 Philippine team captain; Mango Sticky rice by Peter Lloyd, chef-owner of Sticky Mango; Thai Salad using Philippine fruits by Andy Yang, Michelin-star rated chef behind the popular New York Thai restaurant; itek tim by Malcolm Lee, head chef and owner of the first Michelin-starred Peranakan restaurant in Singapore; Xiamen-style spring roll by Chef Zhang Cong Ming and David Yip, chef, food consultant, and journalist; and Viatnamese banh xeo by Mai Pham, chef-owner of Lemon Grass and Star-Ginger.
International food and travel celebrity, Anthony Bourdain, renowned Pinoy food and travel blogger of Our Awesome Planet, Anton Diaz, and the country’s very own food maven, Chef Claude Tayag were also speakers during the Food Dialogue.
Filipino specialties from six destinations across the country were presented with a twist in the Food Jamboree. A wide array of international street food dishes from Germany, Mexico, USA, Thailand, Japan, India, China, Taiwan, Malaysia, Vietnam, Indonesia, and Singapore were also featured. There was a long queue of patrons lining for a taste of cheese empanada and bagnet pizza from Ilocos, as well as chicken satti from Davao. Martabak, a stuffed pancake from Indonesia, and an oyster omelet from Taiwan, were also among the bestsellers.
This is the second time that WSFC17 was held in Manila, which is one of the most dynamic and fastest growing gastro cities in Asia.
With the success of this year’s event, Seetoh announced that WSFC will once again be held in the country next year. Truly, the Philippines secured its place as one of the leading culinary destinations in the world.
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